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it comes to part of president obama's tax plan that phases out tax cuts for the wealthy. our jennifer davis reports on what's becoming a very heated debate in washington, d.c. >> reporter: congress returns to washington in the middle of campaign season and is battling it out over the bush-era tax cuts. he wants to extend tax cuts for the middle class but not the wealthy. >> if i said the sky was blue, they would say no. >> reporter: but now top house return john boehner said he would compromise, reporting tax cut foss the middle class even if tax cuts for the wealthy were to expire. >> you should not raise taxes on anyone in a recession. he was never gonna block the middle class tax cut. >> reporter: boehner is still pushing for this to be extended for high-income families because he said they can are job creator. >> we won't have real economic growth if we keep raising taxes on small businesses. >> reporter: boehner would become speaker of the house if the republicans win enough seats in the midterm elections and he's been trading barbs with the white house as the preelections heat up. >>
are they asking us to write? >> reporter: jennifer thomas is an english teacher at high school who isn't looking forward to her five days off starting october 4th. but employees decided to accept 5 furlough days in order to avoid layoffs in a year when the district has lost $40 million in state funding. it amounts to almost a 3% pay cut but for thomas the reel loss is the crucial instruction time for students. in all, 32,000 students, 1800 teachers, as well as 1200 non- teaching workers will be gone next week. >> there is no good at all and in fact the damage to the students is probably incal que hasselbeck. we'll probably get a sense of that next summertime when we see the test results rolling in and thinking about the curriculum we didn't get to share with the kids at the end of the school year. >> reporter: students acknowledge having time off sounds good in some ways but not in the big picture of their lives. >> it's not easy because a lot of us have extracurricular activities that occur and where those are invaluable, you're no -- you can't recover certain things like that. >> we have homew
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